Collective trauma

Collective trauma

Societies that have been massively traumatised have followed roughly similar patterns of adaptation and disintegration to individual trauma.

When large groups of people or nations suffer simultaneously from violence and/or social breakdown, as in war or a tsunami, symptoms of disorganization and fear as with individual trauma affect the whole population. Aggression in the service of self-protection is a common response to collective trauma, even when not appropriate or self-damaging; apathy is another common response. When action (the group action or external action?)to remediate a damaging situation is taken the group is less traumatized; when it is impossible, trauma is intensified.

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